“The Notebook”: the best romantic movie of the last 20 years
“The Notebook” (2004) is a romantic movie directed by Nick Cassavetes, taken by the book written by Nicholas Sparks.
It has seen the brilliant interpretation of two famous actors: Ryan Gosling (who interprets Noah) and Rachel McAdams (who interprets Allie)
This is a story that relates to the 40s of the 20th century, the time of the Second World War.
It begins with an elderly man who reads daily a diary to a woman with a senile dementia in a rest home. The woman, who does not remember anything (except a Chopin prelude playing in memory at the piano) is passionate about the fascinating love story told in a diary that deals with a love born in the forties during a hot summer in South Carolina.
The girl protagonist of the story is Allie Hamilton who is beautiful, intelligent and she has two main hobbies: playing the piano and painting.
However, she belongs to a rich family and after the summer she will attend the prestigious University of New York. During her holidays, in the country’s moon park, she meets Noah Calhoun, a poor guy who is a the worker and who lives with his father in the countryside. Despite they are from different social classes, between Noah and Allie there is the birth of a deep love, made of passionate moments spent in an old house, which Noah would like to restructure.
Nevertheless, Allie’s parents are not agree with their love relationship: thus they force the girl to go back with them to Charleston. Accordingly Allie confesses to Noah that she must leave and their relationship finish.
Noah writes to Allie a letter every day for 365 day, without having any response. In fact, Allie does not receive her letters, because her mother has always prevented her daughter from reading them. Thus, she thinks that Noah has forgotten her.
During the outbreak of the Second World War, Noah becomes a soldier, while Allie goes to college and becomes a nurse and she falls in love with Lon Hammond, a rich guy who immediately conquers her family, asking Allie to marry him and she accepts.
Noah, however, once returned from the war, has always Allie in his mind. Even though he spends some time with Martha, a widow of war, does not mind thinking about her, and this obsession about Allie becomes a serious aim: he restructure (as he promised to Allie) the home where they have spend moments of intimity. So he begins to renovate it with the help of his father, but after a while he dies. The boy goes on alone, and after months of hard work he succeeds: the house is completely restored, identical to how Allie many years before she had said she wanted to, with a piano and a room overlooking the river to paint.
During the trials of her wedding dress, Allie sees a Noah’s photo on the newspaper, getting confused. So she decides to go back in that place meeting Noah and during these two days they spend together the passion explodes again. Allie also discovers about the letters that she has never read because of her mother. The day after Allie’s mother goes in the South of Carolina to take her daugher and come back home.
At the moment of the meeting, Allie asks her to explain why she has hidden her letters. Thus, her mother takes her to a place where some men work. One of the workers was his great youthful love, to which the woman had given up to marry Allie’s father. So she sais to Allie that although they had a strong attraction and a strong feeling, they were different and therefore not destined to be together.
Afterwards, the mother sends the letters back to Allie and brings her back to Noah’s house, let her free to decide.
The girl is really confused: she loves Noah, but also she has a deep affection for Lon, who in her opinion does not deserve to be disappointed in that way. Allie, in order to make a proper decision, also leaves Noah’s house and returns to the hotel. Everything suggests that Allie has decided not to disappoint Lon, who has discovered everything. Also Lon who loves her deeply, let her free to choose.
She decides to return to Noah, her true love.
When the diary ends, finally the old woman has a moment of lucidity, remembering that Allie’s story is nothing but herself while her senior reader (Noah). But after some minutes, she has a hysterical crisis in which she does not recognize Noah, considering him a stranger. That night, Noah has an heart attack but when he feels better, he goes to Allie, who recognizes him. Noah kisses her and in the moment of sleeping, they die together, side by side.